New GPS Origins™ DNA Test Pinpoints your Ancestry!

Dec 12, 2016 | Press Releases

The new GPS Origins™ DNA test for ancestry takes you deeper into your family history, targeting your DNA’s origin well beyond other ancestry tests. Using the most comprehensive set of gene pools, 500 reference populations and a powerful algorithm developed at the University of Sheffield by leading genealogy experts, GPS Origins™ has the ability to focus your ancestry search to cities, towns or villages.

Traditionally, DNA tests for ancestry provide a report of your ‘ethnicity’ and locate parts of your DNA in broad continental regions with limited details. GPS Origins™ combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique called Geographic Population Structure (GPS) to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA originated. Learn your complete ancestral heritage including migration routes with date stamps and important historical events that help explain the evolution of your DNA over time.

GPS Origins™ is the most sophisticated geo-targeted ancestry search tool available and is the result of the collaboration between population genetics researcher Dr. Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield, and DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC). Established in 1995, DDC is one of the world’s largest, private DNA testing companies, and uses its own highly accredited laboratory for all of its DNA testing for ancestry.

“This test, using a simple cheek swab of your DNA, involves the analysis of 800,000 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) to provide more accurate information about your true origins,” explains DDC Chief Science Officer Dr. Michael Baird. “You’ll receive maps, time-frames, two migration routes (paternal and maternal) and historical information, all from a DNA test, to help you understand the context of your results.”

“GPS Origins™ makes researching your ancestry interesting and insightful by identifying specific areas of your family ancestry, even down to the city, town or village sometimes within a radius as small as 20 miles,” comments DDC Vice President of Marketing Dave Silver.

How to Pinpoint Your Ancestry

Visit and select one of two ways to get started (no subscription required):

    • Create a secure account and your GPS Origins™ DNA test kit will be mailed to you. DDC will analyze your saliva from the cheek swab using close to 800,000 SNPs, 36 gene pools and 500 reference populations.
    • If you already have high-resolution autosomal DNA test results, upload your raw data to GPS Origins™ and unlock fresh insights into your ancestry.

Media Note: Contact Dave Silver-VP Marketing at [email protected]



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